- Is a 84 gene panel that includes assessment of non-coding variants.
In addition, it also includes the maternally inherited mitochondrial genome. Is ideal for patients who fulfill clinical diagnostic criteria for hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) or have significant LVH without a history of high blood pressure or aortic stenosis.
The Blueprint Genetics Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM) Panel (test code CA1901):
Commonly used ICD-10 code(s) when ordering the Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM) Panel
|H49.40||Progressive external ophthalmoplegia|
|I42.2||Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM)|
|C94.2||Acute Megakaryoblastic Leukemia|
|K59.8||Chronic Intestinal Pseudoobstruction|
|T36.5||Adverse effect of aminoglycosides|
|H49.81||Kearns Sayre Syndrome|
|H47.013||Nonarteritic Anterior Ischemic Optic Neuropathy|
|G60.2||Neuropathy in association with hereditary ataxia|
|G40||Epilepsy and recurrent seizures|
|N26.9||Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis|
|H47.2||Leber's hereditary optic neuropathy|
|E11.9||Non-Insulin Dependent Diabetes Mellitus|
|Z86.74||Personal history of sudden cardiac arrest|
|H90.3||Sensorineural Hearing Loss|
- Blood (min. 1ml) in an EDTA tube
- Extracted DNA, min. 2 μg in TE buffer or equivalent
- Saliva (Please see Sample Requirements for accepted saliva kits)
Label the sample tube with your patient's name, date of birth and the date of sample collection.
We do not accept DNA samples isolated from formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded (FFPE) tissue. In addition, if the patient is affected with a hematological malignancy, DNA extracted from a non-hematological source (e.g. skin fibroblasts) is strongly recommended.
Please note that, in rare cases, mitochondrial genome (mtDNA) variants may not be detectable in blood or saliva in which case DNA extracted from post-mitotic tissue such as skeletal muscle may be a better option.
Read more about our sample requirements here.
Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) is one of the most common human monogenic disorders with prevalence estimates of 1:500, predicting approximately 600,000 persons with HCM in the US alone. It is also the most common cause for sudden cardiac death among young adults. HCM is generally defined by the development of unexplained left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH) and commonly caused by mutations in cardiac sarcomere genes. In HCM, LVH occurs in a non-dilated ventricle in the absence of other cardiac or systemic disease capable of producing the observed abnormal LV wall thickness. Systemic diseases that can mimic HCM are for example pressure overload due to long-standing hypertension or aortic stenosis, or storage/infiltrative disorders (Fabry disease, Pompe disease) or certain syndromes (Noonan spectrum diseases, Danon disease). The clinical manifestations of HCM range from asymptomatic LVH to progressive heart failure to ventricular arrhythmias and sudden cardiac death (SCD). Atrial fibrillation and atrioventricular conduction abnormalities can also manifest. HCM is the most common cause of sudden cardiac death under age of 30 and also the most common cause for SCD in athletes. SCD can be the first clinical manifestation even in patients with no clear LVH. Symptoms can vary from individual to individual even within the same family. Common symptoms include shortness of breath (particularly during exercise), chest pain, palpitations, orthostasis, presyncope, and syncope. Most often the LVH of HCM becomes apparent during adolescence or young adulthood, although it may also develop later in life, in infancy, or in childhood.
Genes in the Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM) Panel and their clinical significance
|ABCC9||Atrial fibrillation, Cantu syndrome, Dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM)||AD||27||46|
|ACAD9||Acyl-CoA dehydrogenase family, deficiency||AR||26||61|
|ACADVL||Acyl-CoA dehydrogenase, very long chain, deficiency||AR||119||282|
|ACTC1||Left ventricular noncompaction, Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM), Cardiomyopathy, restrictive, Atrial septal defect, Dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM)||AD||23||63|
|ACTN2||Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM), Dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM)||AD||11||44|
|AGK*||Sengers syndrome, Cataract 38||AR||18||27|
|AGL||Glycogen storage disease||AR||142||245|
|APOA1||Amyloidosis, systemic nonneuronopathic, Hypoalphalipoproteinemia||AD/AR||28||71|
|BAG3||Dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM), Myopathy, myofibrillar||AD||39||62|
|BRAF*||LEOPARD syndrome, Noonan syndrome, Cardiofaciocutaneous syndrome||AD||134||65|
|CBL||Noonan syndrome-like disorder with or without juvenile myelomonocytic leukemia||AD||24||43|
|COX15||Leigh syndrome, Cardioencephalomyopathy, fatal infantile, due to cytochrome c oxidase deficiency||AR||7||5|
|CSRP3||Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM), Dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM)||AD||4||30|
|ELAC2||Combined oxidative phosphorylation deficiency 17||AR||11||15|
|FBXL4||Mitochondrial DNA depletion syndrome||AR||55||47|
|FHL1*||Myopathy with postural muscle atrophy, Emery-Dreifuss muscular dystrophy, Reducing bod myopathy||XL||26||62|
|FHOD3||Cardiomyopathy, familial hypertrophic||AD||1|
|GAA||Glycogen storage disease||AR||193||573|
|GSK3B||Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, Dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM)||2|
|HRAS||Costello syndrome, Congenital myopathy with excess of muscle spindles||AD||43||31|
|JPH2||Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM)||AD||3||13|
|KLHL24||Epidermolysis bullosa simplex, generalized, with scarring and hair loss, Dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM), Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM)||AD/AR||5||5|
|MIPEP*||Combined oxidative phosphorylation deficiency 31||AR||5||8|
|MT-ATP6||Neuropathy, ataxia, and retinitis pigmentosa, Leber hereditary optic neuropathy, Ataxia and polyneuropathy, adult-onset, Cardiomyopathy, infantile hypertrophic, Leigh syndrome, Striatonigral degeneration, infantile, mitochondrial||Mitochondrial||19|
|MT-ATP8||Cardiomyopathy, apical hypertrophic, and neuropathy, Cardiomyopathy, infantile hypertrophic||Mitochondrial||4|
|MT-CO1||Myoglobinuria, recurrent, Leber hereditary optic neuropathy, Sideroblastic anemia, Cytochrome C oxidase deficiency||Mitochondrial||17|
|MT-CO2||Cytochrome c oxidase deficiency||Mitochondrial||8|
|MT-CO3||Cytochrome c oxidase deficiency, Leber hereditary optic neuropathy||Mitochondrial||9|
|MT-CYB||Leber hereditary optic neuropathy||Mitochondrial||69|
|MT-ND1||Mitochondrial myopathy, encephalopathy, lactic acidosis, and stroke-like episodes, Leber hereditary optic neuropathy, Leber optic atrophy and dystonia||Mitochondrial||21|
|MT-ND2||Leber hereditary optic neuropathy, Mitochondrial complex I deficiency||Mitochondrial||6|
|MT-ND3||Leber optic atrophy and dystonia, Mitochondrial complex I deficiency||Mitochondrial||7|
|MT-ND4||Leber hereditary optic neuropathy, Leber optic atrophy and dystonia, Mitochondrial complex I deficiency||Mitochondrial||11|
|MT-ND4L||Leber hereditary optic neuropathy||Mitochondrial||2|
|MT-ND5||Myoclonic epilepsy with ragged red fibers, Mitochondrial myopathy, encephalopathy, lactic acidosis, and stroke-like episodes, Leber hereditary optic neuropathy, Mitochondrial complex I deficiency||Mitochondrial||19|
|MT-ND6||Mitochondrial myopathy, encephalopathy, lactic acidosis, and stroke-like episodes, Oncocytoma, Leber hereditary optic neuropathy, Leber optic atrophy and dystonia, Mitochondrial complex I deficiency||Mitochondrial||16|
|MT-TA||Leber hereditary optic neuropathy, Mitochondrial multisystemic disorder, Progressive external ophthalmoplegia, Dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM)||Mitochondrial||4|
|MT-TC||Mitochondrial myopathy, encephalopathy, lactic acidosis, and stroke-like episodes||Mitochondrial||3|
|MT-TD||Mitochondrial multisystemic disorder||Mitochondrial||1|
|MT-TE||Diabetes-deafness syndrome, Mitochondrial myopathy, infantile, transient, Mitochondrial myopathy with diabetes||Mitochondrial||5|
|MT-TF||Myoclonic epilepsy with ragged red fibers, Nephropathy, tubulointerstitial, Encephalopathy, mitochondrial, Epilepsy, mitochondrial, Myopathy, mitochondrial, Mitochondrial encephalomyopathy with lactic acidosis and stroke-like episodes||Mitochondrial||7|
|MT-TG||Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, Encephalopathy, Myopathy||Mitochondrial||3|
|MT-TH||Mitochondrial encephalomyopathy with lactic acidosis and stroke-like episodes||Mitochondrial||4|
|MT-TI||Progressive external ophthalmoplegia||Mitochondrial||7|
|MT-TK||Myoclonic epilepsy with ragged red fibers||Mitochondrial||5|
|MT-TL1||Cytochrome c oxidase deficiency, Myoclonic epilepsy with ragged red fibers, Mitochondrial myopathy, encephalopathy, lactic acidosis, and stroke-like episodes, Diabetes-deafness syndrome, Cyclic vomiting syndrome, SIDS, susceptibility to||Mitochondrial||14|
|MT-TL2||Progressive external ophthalmoplegia, Mitochondrial multisystemic disorder||Mitochondrial||5|
|MT-TM||Mitochondrial Myopathy, Leigh syndrome, Mitochondrial encephalomyopathy with lactic acidosis and stroke-like episodes||Mitochondrial||1|
|MT-TN||Progressive external ophthalmoplegia||Mitochondrial||3|
|MT-TP||Mitochondrial multisystemic disorder||Mitochondrial||2|
|MT-TQ||Mitochondrial myopathy, encephalopathy, lactic acidosis, and stroke-like episodes, Encephalopathy||Mitochondrial||2|
|MT-TR||Dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM)||Mitochondrial||2|
|MT-TS1||Myoclonic epilepsy with ragged red fibers, Mitochondrial myopathy, encephalopathy, lactic acidosis, and stroke-like episodes||Mitochondrial||10|
|MT-TS2||Mitochondrial multisystemic disorder||Mitochondrial||2|
|MT-TV||Mitochondrial myopathy, encephalopathy, lactic acidosis, and stroke-like episodes||Mitochondrial||3|
|MT-TW||Leigh syndrome, Mitochondrial Myopathy||Mitochondrial||8|
|MYBPC3||Left ventricular noncompaction, Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM), Dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM)||AD||482||1048|
|MYH7||Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM), Myopathy, myosin storage, Myopathy, distal, Dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM)||AD||305||986|
|MYL2||Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM), Infantile type I muscle fibre disease and cardiomyopathy||AD||21||67|
|MYL3||Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM)||AD/AR||12||41|
|NDUFAF2||Mitochondrial complex I deficiency, Leigh syndrome||AR||9||8|
|PLN||Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM), Dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM)||AD/AR||8||30|
|PRKAG2||Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM), Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome, Glycogen storage disease of heart, lethal congenital||AD||19||57|
|PTPN11||Noonan syndrome, Metachondromatosis||AD||135||140|
|RAF1||LEOPARD syndrome, Noonan syndrome, Dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM)||AD||45||53|
|SLC25A4||Progressive external ophthalmoplegia with mitochondrial DNA deletions, Mitochondrial DNA depletion syndrome||AD/AR||12||14|
|TNNC1||Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM), Dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM)||AD||9||24|
|TNNI3||Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM), Cardiomyopathy, restrictive, Dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM)||AD/AR||56||129|
|TNNT2||Left ventricular noncompaction, Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM), Cardiomyopathy, restrictive, Dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM)||AD||61||148|
|TPM1||Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM), Dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM)||AD||34||98|
|TTR||Dystransthyretinemic hyperthyroxinemia, Amyloidosis, hereditary, transthyretin-related||AD||52||148|
* Some, or all, of the gene is duplicated in the genome. Read more.
# The gene has suboptimal coverage (means <90% of the gene’s target nucleotides are covered at >20x with mapping quality score (MQ>20) reads), and/or the gene has exons listed under Test limitations section that are not included in the panel as they are not sufficiently covered with high quality sequence reads.
The sensitivity to detect variants may be limited in genes marked with an asterisk (*) or number sign (#)
Gene refers to the HGNC approved gene symbol; Inheritance refers to inheritance patterns such as autosomal dominant (AD), autosomal recessive (AR), mitochondrial (mi), X-linked (XL), X-linked dominant (XLD) and X-linked recessive (XLR); ClinVar refers to the number of variants in the gene classified as pathogenic or likely pathogenic in this database (ClinVar); HGMD refers to the number of variants with possible disease association in the gene listed in Human Gene Mutation Database (HGMD). The list of associated, gene specific phenotypes are generated from CGD or Mitomap databases.
Non-coding variants covered by Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM) Panel
|Gene||Genomic location HG19||HGVS||RefSeq||RS-number|
Added and removed genes from the panel
|Genes added||Genes removed|
|MT-ATP6 MT-ATP8 MT-CO1 MT-CO2 MT-CO3 MT-CYB MT-ND1 MT-ND2 MT-ND3 MT-ND4 MT-ND4L MT-ND5 MT-ND6 MT-RNR1 MT-RNR2 MT-TA MT-TC MT-TD MT-TE MT-TF MT-TG MT-TH MT-TI MT-TK MT-TL1 MT-TL2 MT-TM MT-TN MT-TP MT-TQ MT-TR MT-TS1 MT-TS2 MT-TT MT-TV MT-TW MT-TY|
- CAP accredited laboratory
- CLIA-certified personnel performing clinical testing in a CLIA-certified laboratory
- Powerful sequencing technologies, advanced target enrichment methods and precision bioinformatics pipelines ensure superior analytical performance
- Careful construction of clinically effective and scientifically justified gene panels
- Some of the panels include the whole mitochondrial genome (please see the Panel Content section)
- Our Nucleus online portal providing transparent and easy access to quality and performance data at the patient level
- Our publicly available analytic validation demonstrating complete details of test performance
- ~2,000 non-coding disease causing variants in our clinical grade NGS assay for panels (please see ‘Non-coding disease causing variants covered by this panel’ in the Panel Content section)
- Our rigorous variant classification scheme
- Our systematic clinical interpretation workflow using proprietary software enabling accurate and traceable processing of NGS data
- Our comprehensive clinical statements
Genes with partial, or whole gene, segmental duplications in the human genome are marked with an asterisk (*) if they overlap with the UCSC pseudogene regions. The technology may have limited sensitivity to detect variants in genes marked with these symbols (please see the Panel content table above).
- Complex inversions
- Gene conversions
- Balanced translocations
- Some of the panels include the whole mitochondrial genome but not all (please see the Panel Content section)
- Repeat expansion disorders unless specifically mentioned
- Non-coding variants deeper than ±20 base pairs from exon-intron boundary unless otherwise indicated (please see above Panel Content / non-coding variants covered by the panel).
- Low level mosaicism in nuclear genes (variant with a minor allele fraction of 14.6% is detected with 90% probability)
- Stretches of mononucleotide repeats
- Low level heteroplasmy in mtDNA (>90% are detected at 5% level)
- Indels larger than 50bp
- Single exon deletions or duplications
- Variants within pseudogene regions/duplicated segments
- Some disease causing variants present in mtDNA are not detectable from blood, thus post-mitotic tissue such as skeletal muscle may be required for establishing molecular diagnosis.
The sensitivity of this test may be reduced if DNA is extracted by a laboratory other than Blueprint Genetics.
For additional information, please refer to the Test performance section and see our Analytic Validation.
The genes on the panel have been carefully selected based on scientific literature, mutation databases and our experience.
Our panels are sectioned from our high-quality, clinical grade NGS assay. Please see our sequencing and detection performance table for details regarding our ability to detect different types of alterations (Table).
Assays have been validated for various sample types including EDTA-blood, isolated DNA (excluding from formalin fixed paraffin embedded tissue), saliva and dry blood spots (filter cards). These sample types were selected in order to maximize the likelihood for high-quality DNA yield. The diagnostic yield varies depending on the assay used, referring healthcare professional, hospital and country. Plus analysis increases the likelihood of finding a genetic diagnosis for your patient, as large deletions and duplications cannot be detected using sequence analysis alone. Blueprint Genetics’ Plus Analysis is a combination of both sequencing and deletion/duplication (copy number variant (CNV)) analysis.
Performance of Blueprint Genetics high-quality, clinical grade NGS sequencing assay for panels.
|Sensitivity % (TP/(TP+FN)||Specificity %|
|Single nucleotide variants||99.89% (99,153/99,266)||>99.9999%|
|Insertions, deletions and indels by sequence analysis|
|1-10 bps||96.9% (7,563/7,806)||>99.9999%|
|11-50 bps||99.13% (2,524/2,546)||>99.9999%|
|Copy number variants (exon level dels/dups)|
|1 exon level deletion (heterozygous)||100% (20/20)||NA|
|1 exon level deletion (homozygous)||100% (5/5)||NA|
|1 exon level deletion (het or homo)||100% (25/25)||NA|
|2-7 exon level deletion (het or homo)||100% (44/44)||NA|
|1-9 exon level duplication (het or homo)||75% (6/8)||NA|
|Simulated CNV detection|
|5 exons level deletion/duplication||98.7%||100.00%|
|Microdeletion/-duplication sdrs (large CNVs, n=37))|
|Size range (0.1-47 Mb)||100% (37/37)|
|The performance presented above reached by Blueprint Genetics high-quality, clinical grade NGS sequencing assay with the following coverage metrics|
|Mean sequencing depth||143X|
|Nucleotides with >20x sequencing coverage (%)||99.86%|
Performance of Blueprint Genetics Mitochondrial Sequencing Assay.
|Sensitivity %||Specificity %|
|ANALYTIC VALIDATION (NA samples; n=4)|
|Single nucleotide variants|
|Heteroplasmic (45-100%)||100.0% (50/50)||100.0%|
|Heteroplasmic (35-45%)||100.0% (87/87)||100.0%|
|Heteroplasmic (25-35%)||100.0% (73/73)||100.0%|
|Heteroplasmic (15-25%)||100.0% (77/77)||100.0%|
|Heteroplasmic (10-15%)||100.0% (74/74)||100.0%|
|Heteroplasmic (5-10%)||100.0% (3/3)||100.0%|
|Heteroplasmic (<5%)||50.0% (2/4)||100.0%|
|CLINICAL VALIDATION (n=76 samples)|
|Single nucleotide variants n=2026 SNVs|
|Heteroplasmic (45-100%)||100.0% (1940/1940)||100.0%|
|Heteroplasmic (35-45%)||100.0% (4/4)||100.0%|
|Heteroplasmic (25-35%)||100.0% (3/3)||100.0%|
|Heteroplasmic (15-25%)||100.0% (3/3)||100.0%|
|Heteroplasmic (10-15%)||100.0% (9/9)||100.0%|
|Heteroplasmic (5-10%)||92.3% (12/13)||99.98%|
|Heteroplasmic (<5%)||88.9% (48/54)||99.93%|
|Insertions and deletions by sequence analysis n=40 indels|
|Heteroplasmic (45-100%) 1-10bp||100.0% (32/32)||100.0%|
|Heteroplasmic (5-45%) 1-10bp||100.0% (3/3)||100.0%|
|Heteroplasmic (<5%) 1-10bp||100.0% (5/5)||99,997%|
|SIMULATION DATA /(mitomap mutations)|
|Insertions, and deletions 1-24 bps by sequence analysis; n=17|
|Homoplasmic (100%) 1-24bp||100.0% (17/17)||99.98%|
|Heteroplasmic (50%)||100.0% (17/17)||99.99%|
|Heteroplasmic (25%)||100.0% (17/17)||100.0%|
|Heteroplasmic (20%)||100.0% (17/17)||100.0%|
|Heteroplasmic (15%)||100.0% (17/17)||100.0%|
|Heteroplasmic (10%)||94.1% (16/17)||100.0%|
|Heteroplasmic (5%)||94.1% (16/17)||100.0%|
|Copy number variants (separate artifical mutations; n=1500)|
|Homoplasmic (100%) 500 bp, 1kb, 5 kb||100.0%||100.0%|
|Heteroplasmic (50%) 500 bp, 1kb, 5 kb||100.0%||100.0%|
|Heteroplasmic (30%) 500 bp, 1kb, 5 kb||100.0%||100.0%|
|Heteroplasmic (20%) 500 bp, 1kb, 5 kb||99.7%||100.0%|
|Heteroplasmic (10%) 500 bp, 1kb, 5 kb||99.0%||100.0%|
|The performance presented above reached by following coverage metrics at assay level (n=66)|
|Mean of medians||Median of medians|
|Mean sequencing depth MQ0 (clinical)||18224X||17366X|
|Nucleotides with >1000x MQ0 sequencing coverage (%) (clinical)||100%|
|rho zero cell line (=no mtDNA), mean sequencing depth||12X|
The target region for each gene includes coding exons and ±20 base pairs from the exon-intron boundary. In addition, the panel includes non-coding and regulatory variants if listed above (Non-coding variants covered by the panel). Some regions of the gene(s) may be removed from the panel if specifically mentioned in the ‘Test limitations” section above. If the test includes the mitochondrial genome the target region gene list contains the mitochondrial genes. The sequencing data generated in our laboratory is analyzed with our proprietary data analysis and annotation pipeline, integrating state-of-the art algorithms and industry-standard software solutions. Incorporation of rigorous quality control steps throughout the workflow of the pipeline ensures the consistency, validity and accuracy of results. Our pipeline is streamlined to maximize sensitivity without sacrificing specificity. We have incorporated a number of reference population databases and mutation databases including, but not limited, to 1000 Genomes Project, gnomAD, ClinVar and HGMD into our clinical interpretation software to make the process effective and efficient. For missense variants, in silico variant prediction tools such as SIFT, PolyPhen, MutationTaster are used to assist with variant classification. Through our online ordering and statement reporting system, Nucleus, ordering providers have access to the details of the analysis, including patient specific sequencing metrics, a gene level coverage plot and a list of regions with suboptimal coverage (<20X for nuclear genes and <1000X for mtDNA) if applicable. This reflects our mission to build fully transparent diagnostics where ordering providers can easily visualize the crucial details of the analysis process.
We provide customers with the most comprehensive clinical report available on the market. Clinical interpretation requires a fundamental understanding of clinical genetics and genetic principles. At Blueprint Genetics, our PhD molecular geneticists, medical geneticists and clinical consultants prepare the clinical statement together by evaluating the identified variants in the context of the phenotypic information provided in the requisition form. Our goal is to provide clinically meaningful statements that are understandable for all medical professionals regardless of whether they have formal training in genetics.
Variant classification is the corner stone of clinical interpretation and resulting patient management decisions. Our classifications follow the Blueprint Genetics Variant Classification Schemes based on the ACMG guideline 2015. Minor modifications were made to increase reproducibility of the variant classification and improve the clinical validity of the report. Our experience with tens of thousands of clinical cases analyzed at our laboratory allowed us to further develop the industry standard.
The final step in the analysis is orthogonal confirmation. Sequence and copy number variants classified as pathogenic, likely pathogenic and variants of uncertain significance (VUS) are confirmed using bi-directional Sanger sequencing by orthogonal methods such as qPCR/ddPCR when they do not meet our stringent NGS quality metrics for a true positive call.
Our clinical statement includes tables for sequencing and copy number variants that include basic variant information (genomic coordinates, HGVS nomenclature, zygosity, allele frequencies, in silico predictions, OMIM phenotypes and classification of the variant). In addition, the statement includes detailed descriptions of the variant, gene and phenotype(s) including the role of the specific gene in human disease, the mutation profile, information about the gene’s variation in population cohorts and detailed information about related phenotypes. We also provide links to the references, abstracts and variant databases used to help ordering providers further evaluate the reported findings if desired. The conclusion summarizes all of the existing information and provides our rationale for the classification of the variant.
Identification of pathogenic or likely pathogenic variants in dominant disorders or their combinations in different alleles in recessive disorders are considered molecular confirmation of the clinical diagnosis. In these cases, family member testing can be used for risk stratification. We do not recommend using variants of uncertain significance (VUS) for family member risk stratification or patient management. Genetic counseling is recommended.
Our interpretation team analyzes millions of variants from thousands of individuals with rare diseases. Our internal database and our understanding of variants and related phenotypes increases with every case analyzed. Our laboratory is therefore well-positioned to re-classify previously reported variants as new information becomes available. If a variant previously reported by Blueprint Genetics is re-classified, our laboratory will issue a follow-up statement to the original ordering health care provider at no additional cost.
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